Chemistry Lessons – by Meredith Goldstein


Chemistry Lessons by Meredith Goldstein 

Hardcover: 256 pages

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (June 19 2018)


ISBN-13: 978-1328764645

Synopsis: For seventeen-year-old Maya, the equation for happiness is simple: a dream internship at MIT + two new science nerd friends + a perfect boyfriend = one amazing summer. Then Whit dumps her out of the blue.

Maya is miserable until she discovers that her scientist mother, before she died, was conducting research on manipulating pheromones to enhance human attraction. If Maya can finish her mother’s work, maybe she can get Whit back. But when her experiment creates chaos in her love life, she realizes that maybe love and loss can’t be understood using the scientific method. Can she learn to trust the unmeasurables of love and attraction instead?

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Another perfect release in time for summer, CHEMISTRY LESSONS is a must read for YA fans that are looking for an enjoyable and fast beach read this summer!

Meredith Goldstein created interesting enough characters with a very unique story line – I mean, how many books have you read about a 17 year old trying to create a love potion??? The emotions and feelings of the book were very real and I am sure will hit home with a lot of teens reading the book. One thing to note: this is probably best fit for the older “teen” group (say 16+) due to some of the content/language.

At the end of the book, I did feel that there wasn’t a lot of closure, but at the same time that wasn’t what the book was about. The main message of the book (to me) was the emotions that a teen goes through during a hard breakup and the revelation that sometimes you are better off without that relationship being part of your life – but told in a fun way as Maya experiences these emotions while trying to create a love potion… a not so realistic act.

Goldstein’s writing also helped to make the book a great read for me – I have since started reading her column in the Boston Globe and I love her voice! It is catchy, unique, and extremely entertaining. I will definitely be checking out some more of her books and following her future works 🙂

Rating: 8/10

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Raincoast Books*

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